Although it’ll take till 2026 for Audi to formally enter Formula 1, the hyperlink with Sauber’s new accomplice group will strengthen in early 2023. Even if the group is seen as Alfa Romeo for a yr and the Audi engine does not arrive till 2026 – Ingolstadt will come to Hinwil, Switzerland, financially and personally.

On January 30, the Sauber Group confirmed that Audi has formally acquired a minority stake in the Swiss group in keeping with plans revealed final October. This share is predicted to develop additional earlier than the precise introduction, together with the engine, in June 2026.

Former Audi Sporting Director of Sauber

Meanwhile, Sauber Motorsport’s board of administrators additionally underwent adjustments per week in the past, and a well-known face appeared at Audi. In explicit, Julius Seebach. He was the managing director of Audi Sport GmbH from 2019 to 2022.

In this place, Seebach additionally performed an essential position in the preparation of his entry into Formula 1. In August, shortly earlier than the mission was formally introduced, he left Audi’s sports activities division to grow to be the group’s normal supervisor of technical growth.

In his new position, Zeibach studies on to Oliver Hoffman, director of growth. As Audi’s entry into Formula 1 has been declared a precedence and Seebach has been closely concerned in the preparations, it’s comprehensible that he ought to be put in cost of new accomplice Sauber.

Last week, Sauber Motorsport AG’s board of administrators resolved different points. Now the head of the Ferrari group, Frederik Wasser, has formally resigned as president. He will probably be changed by Finn Rausing, the Swedish businessman who now owns Sauber. The new managing director Andreas Seidl is now formally a member of the board of administrators.